Remember my Kate Middleton inspiration board from way back in August? I've jokingly been calling it my "Kate Capsule"in my head ever since, and though it's been slow going, I have been making progress!
I made those "couple great dresses" (my little black dress with a white collar and a navy and cream bow neck dress), my A-line coat is almost complete, and I have a muslin of my navy blazer, although I'm still wary of all that tailoring (and thus, procrastinating/avoiding it).
One item that I did not include on my list--but is an obvious choice for a Kate Capsule wardrobe--is a Breton or marinière top. At the time, I was searching for a nice heavy, 100% cotton, non-stretch cotton knit in a white or cream with navy stripes. I found it (after omg agessssss) from Miss Matatabi and used most of it to make my Nautical Coco (I so love this dress), but I had just enough to manage a top as well.
I thought about using the Coco pattern again, and I also debated the Liesl & Co Maritime top, but my trial run using that fabric revealed that it has slightly dropped shoulders (which I didn't notice on the picture or the line drawings--they are subtle). What I really wanted was my navy and white marinière, which I love and which was manufactured by a company that no longer exists (rip Lands' End Canvas), just in white and navy. Picky, picky.
As part of my quest to learn new things, I decided I'd just go for it and trace off my favorite navy and white top! I suspect a lot of people come to sewing through this sort of trace your rtw/clone your favorite dress kind of strategy but I have always used patterns. Luckily, it worked out pretty well, and I'm pleased with the result! It does help that this pattern is basically just a box with arms. I actually think that the fit through the shoulders/back is better using this trace off (compare here). Sorry, Tilly!
My future cloning project is a a pair of beloved Paige denim jeans which has been worn to death. Have any tips for me?
How many breton stripes is too many for one girl? And most importantly, are you team navy and white, or team white and navy?
Get your fill of stripes without hunting down this oddly elusive fabric:
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